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Blood Glacier (aka The Station) [DVD]
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Also known as ‘The Station’, Blood Glacier is set in the Alps where we meet a group of beardy, scientists (except the lady one) who are monitoring the glaciers to inform us more about global warming etc. We have one who has stayed there for too long after a relationship went south as indeed did she. This is Janek who likes a drink and his companion dog – ‘Tinnie’ which I think is short for tinnitus – well if the cap fits and all that.

Anyway one day the glacier has turned rather red and seems to be oozing some sort of ‘stuff’. After examination the scientist boffins proclaim that it is definitely organic, but in true ‘don’t go back to the dangerous place’ fashion, they need more samples and so will have to return – mwah!!

Then we have a ‘worse for wear’ Janek spying a mutant fox – and he is taken less than seriously. There is also a visit from the environment Minister the following day and she is being accompanied by Janek’s lost love Tanja. The thing is should they ward off the Minister because of a potential danger from a rabid fox thing or let them come to secure future funding? Well of course they won’t put them off and then things start to get strange as not only animals but birds and insects start to appear that have never been seen before and they are all rather violent too; cue the gore and drills and guns and spikes etc

Before you can say mutant infectious freaks, things go very bad indeed. Now some horror fans did not like this but I loved the fact that they are proper made up mutant things and none of the CGI cop out that we are becoming so used to. There is a bit of CGI but only when needed for SFX. The acting is actually extremely good and so is the cinematography. It has been compared to ‘The Thing’, but if you view this with no preconceptions then I hope, like me, you will be very pleasantly surprised – only not too pleasant as it turns out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a well crafted and enjoyable sci-fi horror movie. It's an Austrian film with English subtitles.
Janek is a hirsute, forty-something male working at a research station 3500 metres up in the German Alps. He has a cave man aura about him and owns a big dog, a Hungarian Vizsla. He chain smokes and drinks heavily. Janek is part of a four man team carrying out investigations into glaciers, for the purpose of assessing the effects of global warming. One day Janek and his colleague Falk stumble across a glacier, which looks like it's covered in frozen blood, and which is home to a mutated fox. The scientists determine that the bloody substance is an organic life form and take a sample back to the research base. What they don't know, is that the mutated fox has bitten the Vizsla dog.
The team are due a flying visit from the Environment Minister, and Janek has to weigh up whether to cancel the visit from the politician, because of the risk posed by the "rabid" fox, or else accept the visit because if he doesn't, government funding might be withdrawn. His decision is further complicated by the fact that his ex-girlfriend Tanja, who's a gorgeous, thirty-something glaciologist, is accompanying the Minister.
Before long, other mutated creatures are spotted by the crew of boffins, including a man-sized beetle and a wood louse the size of a fox. The scientists swiftly conclude that the organism they've discovered can inhabit and fuse together different life forms, at a molecular level, in order to create hybrid super powered creatures...
This is a well drawn and very watchable story. The setting in the stunning Alps means that the cinematography is a visual treat. The acting is competent and efficient. The plot unfolds in an interesting fashion and at a steady pace, and the script is lively. The effects are primarily animatronics, make up and prosthetics, rather than clever CGI, but somehow this suits the overall vibe of the movie. There's a minimalist film score, but it's extremely effective. The scenes of horror are mostly saved for the tail end of the movie and are not especially disturbing or frightening.
The film has very obvious parallels with John Carpenter's The Thing, and although it's not on a par with that brilliant movie, it's still solid entertainment. All in all, I'd rate this flick at a comfortable 4 stars.
A great film to watch alongside this movie, as a double-bill of snowbound chills and thrills, is the sublime Troll Hunter.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2014
There's something special about horror set in sub-zero conditions that just adds another dimension to such stories for me: 30 Days of Night and The Shining are excellent examples of tales that have been greatly enhanced by the characters having to deal not only with their respective antagonists but also to contend with the adverse weather conditions and the isolation thrust upon them by the harsh climate. Boldly, Blood Glacier quotes a review as "reminiscent of John Carpenter's The Thing", which is for me, one of my all-time favourite horror films...

I was a little sceptical about watching this film at first since the title isn't exactly inspiring but the comparison to The Thing and learning that the man behind this Austrian flick is Marvin Kren, who was responsible for 2010's Rammbock (AKA Siege of the Dead and Berlin Undead) instilled some hope in me.

The film starts out with a bit of an eco-message which could easily have consumed the rest of the movie but simply sets the scene with some passing references throughout the film thereafter. We are introduced to the main characters and fairly quickly, things start to go wrong for all involved at the remote alpine research station.

Blood Glacier employs both practical and CGI effects appropriately but it is with the former that I found the film to be particularly impressive. This film marks a welcome return to quality practical effects that are lacking in many modern genre films and for many viewers, will leave their stomachs roiling at times. The monstrous hybrid creatures mentioned in the film's synopsis may, in writing, appear preposterous; however, the set up and explanation for their "evolution" is well thought out and an expository moment later in the film adds considerable depth to this aspect of the film.

Also known as The Station and Blutgletscher, this film does not simply rely on its effects. The character development is well-rounded with numerous flawed individuals as the central players, making for compelling viewing as the film rolls along and the body count mounts higher. Filmed on the Italian side of the Tyrolean Alps, the viewer is left with a real sense of isolation which assists in ramping up the horror.

Look past the title and sit down to a well-executed horror that is a welcome addition to the genre.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Here's a fun game... watch `Blood Glacier' and give yourself ten points every time someone mentions rabid foxes. I would say drink an alcoholic drink, but you'd probably need hospital treatment if you did that.

In `Blood Glacier' we join an assortment of bearded geologists studying a glacier somewhere in the natural wilderness. Then, one fateful day, their glacier looks like it's made up of blood. Although it's quite pretty it does have the drawback of produces rabid foxes. Okay, so the `rabid foxes' turn out to be an assortment of monsters, but the geologists still seem to refer to them as `rabid foxes' for much of the film (even when Santa Clause arrives with his butt-kicking wife).

What you have here is a homage to John Carpenter's classic, `The Thing.' I don't say `rip-off' because that would be running Blood Glacier down and, despite its reliance on rabid foxes and baldy-beardy men, it's actually pretty fun. Yes, it has subtitles, so be prepared for that, but the effects are cool, the monsters well thought out and not that much (if any?) CGI effects which ruin so many films. The cast does as well as any cast in these situations. Of course there are always going to be a few daft moments where people do that thing Ripley does in Alien where they sacrifice humans to save animals, but, apart from that, if you're a fan of foreign horror, or liked The Thing, I'd give this one a go.

It also includes the rather surreal line, `Stop eating that banana while you're crying!' I don't know why that amused me so, but it did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A group of scientist are studying the recession of a glacier. Global Warming has caused some issues, but it is about to get worse. Janek (Gerhard Liebmann) is the main character. He has been stationed up here for 5 years. When they lose contact with one of their remotes, he investigates only to find the "blood glacier," a red colored glacier which places a red filter on the camera for a few scenes for no reason other than to scare us. When more samples must be collected, the glacier is gone, but there is a mutant rabid fox running around.

40 minutes into the film we are provided with an explanation as a team which includes the prime minister is on its way, lead by Janek's ex-gf Tanja (Edita Malovcic).

The action builds slow. The special effects were better on small creatures, but comical on larger ones. The big horror scene shows people uncontrollably screaming as lights flash and a big fake creature head comes through the door. The dialogue was extremely dry. Some might find this entertaining for various reasons, I did not.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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on 3 May 2015
A German sub-titled horror film. Not your first choice perhaps but don't be put off.. Yes it's low budget and the creatures are mechanical but it is well made . It has the sense that you are seeing real people rather than polished actors. The scares are well judged and it makes for an enjoyable watch if you are willing to suspend belief. Oh and the settings are magnificent.
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on 14 February 2014
has its similarities to the thing. but if anybodys old enough to remember its more like prophecy the monster movie from 1979 which you can only seem to buy from germany or the states. i thought the film was ok but i wouldnt watch it again.
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on 21 May 2014
Decent horror movie. Lots of jumps and scares, interesting plot.

The arctic-style glaciers and mountain terrain make the story that much more interesting as characters interact. Good actors too!
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Good acting, fairly good script and not bad monsters make this THING wannabee not bad at all
If you go into this not expecting much you may be surprised
xtras on the dvd are nothing much
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on 28 February 2015
Decent foreign horror film that is very original and uses decent actors. A cross between John Carpenter's The Thing and Virus. Keeps your attention with a decent ending. English subtitles.
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